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Lamination Frequently Asked Questions

General Questions:
What is the difference between Thermal Lamination and Pressure Lamination?
What kinds of things can be laminated?
What is the difference between 2 Roll and 4 Roll Laminators?
What is the difference between Pouch and Roll lamination?
How long is the warranty on my laminator?
My finished product is curling...
When do I use hot laminating vs cold laminating?
The material I am laminating is not as vibrant as I would like...
Why are my Laminator rollers are not heating?
Why is my roll laminator skewing?
My machine comes on but my rollers don’t work.
Where can I find instructions on how to web the film on my laminator? Where can I find instructions on how to service my laminator?


What is the difference between Thermal Lamination and Pressure Lamination?
· Thermal Lamination:
Thermal or heat activated laminating films are constructed of a layer of polyester base film and a layer of adhesive resin, bonded together. During the lamination process, the adhesive resin is softened or liquefied and permanently bonded to the document. Once liquefied, the adhesive is spread across the surface and with pressure, forced into the pores of the document. The adhesive then hardens as it cools creating a permanent bond between paper and film.
 
· Pressure Lamination:
Pressure Sensitive laminating films are often referred to as cold films. The reason is that they require no heat or very limited amount of heat to adhere to any particular document during the laminating or mounting process. The adhesive layer in cold film is constantly in a tacky state since no heat is used in the sealing process (only pressure). This gives the need for a paper or film liner, that keeps the film from adhering to itself when it is rolled. Pressure sensititve laminating films will adhere to almost any substrate but is best used for heat sensitive or previously heat activated materials. These films work great for overlaminating and mounting on such substrates as gator board, foam board, wood, Plexiglass or delicate print materials such as photostats, transparencies, cyberchromes and thermal transfers. 

What kinds of things can be laminated?

Lamination is for preserving, protecting, enhancing, presenting and displaying. Listed below are items that can be laminated:
· Preservation:
· Greeting Cards/Invitations, Birth/Wedding Certificates, Leaves, Babies Footprints/Report Cards, News Clippings/Magazine Articles, Concert Tickets, Pictures/Poems, Awards, Sketches/Children's Artwork.
· Protection:
· Menus, Contracts, Maps, Blueprints, Music Sheet
· Enhancement:
· Graphs, Flash Cards, Policies, Visual Aids, Business Ads/Business Materials, POP Displays, Charts, Classroom Signs, Instructional Tools, Placemats.
· Presentation/Displays:
· Regulation Signs, OSHA Signs, EPA Signs, Store Hours, Emergency Instructions, safety Signs/Guidelines.

The best type of laminator depends on how much you want to laminate. Listed below are the Lamination types and what they are used for:
· Pouch Laminators:
· Pouch Laminators are best for people who only laminate a few things. Supplies are more expensive, they require a carrier to protect all laminations. Pouch laminators can only laminate "photo quality" photographs. They can only laminate one item at a time and are more timely.
· Roll Laminators:
Roll Laminators supplies are less expensive. Roll Laminators are best for anyone who laminates in mass quantities such as a school or a business. They are capable of laminating more than one item at a time, and they are also less time consuming.

What is the difference between 2 Roll and 4 Roll Laminator?
· 4 Rollers:
In a 4 roller machine, the front two rollers feed the carrier into the laminator at a uniform speed to guarantee even heat distribution. The second set of rollers, call finishing rollers, stretch the film, eliminating wrinkles and curls at the same time applying pressure, forcing the molten adhesive into the document.
· 2 Rollers
In a 2 roller machine, you only have the rear roller that act as both the feed and finishing rollers. Two roller machines are good for smaller applications with films that have a lower polyester/Mylar content. When using a two roller laminator, you must always feed the document through the machine at a slow even speed until the rear rollers grab.

What is the difference between Pouch and Roll lamination?

Pouch lamination is a process where a document or substrate is sealed (encapsulated) within layers of clear plastic film. During the lamination process, the film is heated, transforming the adhesive into a molten state. Pressure is then applied to the film pressing the adhesive into the pores of the document. They also require the use of a carrier.
 
How long is the warranty on my laminator?
All Easty laminators come with a one year warranty on parts. The rollers on all Easty laminators come with a 6 month warranty.

How can I order parts?
Contact your dealer or contact Easty Customer support at edm@eastyltd.com to order parts

My finished product is curling...

The possible cause for this is too much tension on the back rollers. Please contact Easty support to troubleshoot.

When do I use hot laminating vs cold laminating?
There are many different films and substrates used in varying applications. Ultimately the end use application should determine the materials used. A Fleet graphic for example should be printed and laminated using Cold UV Vinyl, whereas a Book cover could be printed on more economical paper and laminated using a Thermal PET.

Basic guidelines. Thermal laminates are much lower cost than Cold laminates.
Thermal laminating is usually both sides (encapsulation) while Cold is usually one side.
Paper substrates can withstand heat and are therefore suitable for Thermal laminating.
Vinyl substrates will melt and stretch under heat and must therefore use Cold laminates.
Paper graphics are usually laminated using Thermal films, and can also use Cold films.
Vinyl graphics are laminated using Cold films only.
Tip. For Paper Inkjet graphics use low-melt Thermal films.

The material I am laminating is not as vibrant as I would like...
Please ensure the temperature is set at the appropriate degree based on the mil thickness.
Please contact Easty customer support if problem persist at edm@eastyltd.com

Why are my Laminator rollers are not heating?
Please Ensure Laminating Mode is on Hot and not Cold press c/hot button to change mode
Please contact Easty customer support if problem persist at edm@eastyltd.com

Why is my roll laminator skewing?
Please ensure that the material is being feed evenly and smoothly into the unit.
Please contact Easty customer support if problem persist at edm@eastyltd.com

My machine comes on but my rollers don’t work.
Make sure that all of the safety switches are being contacted. If the safety switch is not fully engaged, the machine will not roll. The safety switches are usually located on the right frame of the laminator (the side with the control pad) and it looks like a black or gray switch that has a small movable metal tab that clicks when activated.
Make sure that the emergency stops are disengaged.
When I turn on my laminator there is a constant beeping and the machine will not roll.
Make sure that the emergency stop is NOT pushed in.

Where can I find instructions on how to web the film on my laminator? Where can I find instructions on how to service my laminator?

In every owner’s manual there is a webbing diagram. However, to get a visual on how webbing is performed, please look for the Easty Limited video channel on youtube.com

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